The Americans: The Complete First Season [3 Discs] [Blu-ray]

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How well do you know your neighbors? Posted by: from: on An interesting idea for a tv show, F/X is usually known for quality and entertaining shows. Its the story of 2 deep cover Soviet Union spy's living in the United States and pretending to be average joe Americans. The special features are also interesting to hear how many of these outrages spy tales are based off real events.

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5
Smart, action, subtle comedy, and lots of suspense Posted by: from: Lyons, Ohio on This FX program is the first TV program that has been able to suck me in for one hour once a week for an entire season. TV hasn't been very good since the days of Cheers, Family Ties, Night Court, and Coach. The Americans feels more like a movie than a TV series. It is so well done. The story is so well written. I enjoy the suspense of the Jennings (Russian spies) and their next door neighbor friends (husband is a FBI agent). The Jennings are barely a step ahead of the FBI. The struggle and strain that is put on the Jennings marriage because of the cat and mouse game they are playing with the US government adds a little more to the plot. It's a root for the bad guys type show.

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5
Inventive and riveting period drama/thriller Posted by: from: New England on In a time when television and film is saturated with tales of spies and their exploits, "The Americans" manages to turn the genre on its head and provide an angle that's rarely explored: the psyche and motivation of the 'villain', without (much) mustache-twirling villainous cliche. The protagonists are the Bad Guys, and the antagonists are the Badder Guys, and the Good Guys lurk on the periphery, almost acting as collateral damage resulting from the proceedings. All of them are three-dimensional and filled with convincing human emotions and behaviors. "The Americans" also resurrected Keri Russell's acting career in a way that no other project has since the demise of "Felicity", and that's a great thing. Finally broken free of the melodramatic college student role in front of a larger audience than she's had since the teen soap's heyday, she really shines.

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4
A bit slow with great bits of action and swerve! Posted by: from: Jackson tn on "The American's" takes us back to a time when everything was done slower, and that's just how this series starts...slow. Each character has to be introduced and most aren't in any way memorable at first, so it take a bit to get into the show. That being said there are twists and swerves starting in about the third episode that are well thought out and unexpected. The pace of the show, being set in the 80's, recalls a slower time of "not so instant" communications. Everyone doesn't carry a cell phone with GPS and texting, and it lends itself to a more organic storytelling with dead drops and spy-craft front and center. The various alias of the characters are well done and the plots and subplots keep you guessing till the end.

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5
Keri Russell is Outstanding! Posted by: from: on It is very rare that you have a near perfect episode, especially of a series on commercial television. But FX has done it here with The Americans. It is nearly flawless. Great mind candy for the thinking person, with something to come back to after the first viewing. I credit the success of The Americans to 3 things: Great script, great music, and Keri Russell! The script is adult, no-nonsense storytelling built on an original premise, the Cold War. Those of us who are old enough remember this period, a period of the Russians-are-coming hysteria that was second only to the Civil Rights movement the decade before. An era very under- represented in film and ignored on the small screen, comes to life for a new generation. Of course this era would be nothing without the music of this time and again, The Americans is flawless with that, the set, music, cinematics and of-course acting! Must mention these disguises too, which are not your silly, unrealistic mission-impossible disguises. No, the disguises in The Americans are really disguises and surprisingly, with very little disguise. What makes these disguises work for the Jennings is that the Jennings can act. With each disguise is a new personality. Elizabeth, played by Keri Russell, is special! Russell takes the art of disguise to the next stage. she is authentic, smart, gorgeous and just plain savage! Keri Russell is wonderfully dangerous, stellar, great looking and I can't get enough of her! I think Keri Russell's presence in this series is the key to everything. Only she could have this cold outside look hiding a wounded soul that hangs on to what she believes in. It is not only about the plot, but also the human toll the Cold War claimed in its path. I think the series is very well rounded in terms of casting and writing. It has a rhythm that keeps the audience on edge. The series has everything: originality, se x, espionage, suspense...did I say originality?

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5
Strong story, characters, and actors Posted by: from: Salt Lake City, UT on Every main actor delivers a strong performance. Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys are great as a married couple and undercover KGB spies. Margo Martindale delivers in many great scenes just as she did in another FX series, Justified. Every episode is enjoyable and pulls in the audience; however, there were a few story points/characters that felt rushed. The blu-ray version was very good. No noticeable problems regarding picture/sound. Special features were interesting enough if you enjoy behind-the-scenes information. The first season of The Americans was just as enjoyable for me as the first two seasons of Justified.

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5
Amazing Television Posted by: from: on When I first heard of The Americans, I shrugged off the show thinking it would be cooperate level espionage or something that resembled Red Dawn. Then by listening to the Tv dudes podcast they turned that notion around. I picked up the first season and have been loving every episode- as it expands on questions of loyalty, duty, and pins the characters into both supporting roles and antagonistic roles. Truly amazing.

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5
Very-Very Good Series. Posted by: from: on Cold War- Moscow Rules. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy like story, told from the other sides point of view. Good Performance all around. Very - Very Good Series. Addictive.

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5
One of the best series on cable/TV Posted by: from: Los Angeles, CA on Action, Drama even a love story if you're into that. For those who want to experience life during the Cold War years this is the series for you. The extra footage is awesome. Long story short, KGB agents pose as a loving true American couple/ parents living in the USA, on a mission to bring the Western World down, and bring victory to communist Russia

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5
Entertaining Season that was hard to stop watching Posted by: from: Dallas on This was my first viewing of The Americans, as I missed it originally on FX. I'm glad I had the full season to watch at once it was hard to stop when I got into the episodes. The Blu-ray quality is very nice and the price, on sale for $25, made it a good buy. Would recommend to anyone who enjoys stories involving spying and espionage.

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